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by Andre Whitehead

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White Station vs. Ridgeway Highlight Region Elimination Games

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Elimination Tuesday is what they should call tomorrow as the states best hit the hardwood in their quest for gold in Murfreesboro.

 

Here are 10 games featuring excellent match-ups where someone gets left at home and someone moves on to the region final.

 

 

Grace Baptist vs. South Pittsburg

Region 3A boasts one of the top Class A match-ups in the state. Grace Baptist easily dispatched of Signal Mountain in the region opener and now faces an athletic test in South Pittsburg. Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) is the top dawg for Grace and the Mr. Basketball finalist will face some tough backcourt competition from Terrell Robinson (South Pittsburg) and Malcolm Jones (South Pittsburg).

Brainerd vs. Howard

Brainerd shocked the Chattanooga area knocking off the top seed McMinn Central and setting up another meeting with chief rival Howard. The Panthers are salivating at another shot at Howard and will come into this meeting on a huge confidence high. Howard easily defeated Polk County in the region opener and has their eyes set on a region final.

 

Creek Wood vs. Marshall County

The Red Hawks of Creek Wood have put together a remarkable season and now face one of the state's top Class AA teams in an elimination clash. Look for The Wood to go to their inside advantage with Vincent Dotson (Creek Wood), Aaron Hydeman (Creek Wood) and Woody Corell (Creek Wood) hopefully able to contain the Tigers inside. Marshall County will counter with a bevy of guards led by junior sensation Kedren Johnson (Marshall County).

Bearden vs. Knoxville Central

The two regular season champs tangle in this elimination contest in Knoxville. Bearden got the best of Central during the Super 16 Christmas Tourney after the Bobcats led by double digits early in the game. The Bulldogs seemingly have a new player step up in every game and will need the contributions of everyone on the roster in this contest. This game will feature a great backcourt match-up with Dre Mathieu (Knoxville Central) going up against any one of four talented Bearden guards including Rico White (Bearden), Ty Greene (Bearden), Dion Fair (Bearden) and Jaeland Lawson (Bearden).

Oakland vs. Columbia Central

Jamal Hughes (Oakland) has been the guy for Oakland this season and the Patriots will strap to their workhorse for another game with very high season altering implications. Columbia Central comes into this contest with a talented and athletic group led by senior wing Dominique Parks (Columbia Central) and senior guard James English (Columbia Central). One of the better elimination games in Middle Tennessee.

 

Siegel vs. Lawrence County

The Wildcats may be the best team that no one in the state knows. They feature a balanced line-up of shooters and scorers led by Trent Garland (Lawrence County), Kyle Brink (Lawrence County) and Jake Richardson (Lawrence County). Siegel has done wonders to get to this position after losing their top two players early in the season. The return of Kerry Hammonds (Siegel) should help the Stars morale as they will look to junior riser Cedric Williams (Siegel) to dominate on the interior.

 

Dyer County vs. Cordova

The Choctaws head into this one with a roster full of depth riding the broad shoulders of talented sophomore guard Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County), who busted out with 26 points in the region opening win over Bolton. Cordova also possesses a good deal of balance and will have a match-up nightmare with senior wing/post A.J. Cunningham (Cordova).

Melrose vs. Southwind

Nick Mason (Southwind) provides the senior leadership that has carried the Jaguars to this point in the season. Youth and depth define this Southwind squad but their talent is not at all in question as they tangle with the Golden Wildcats. Melrose is playing its best ball after their late season stumble and this one should be a great one with the elimination factor on the line.

 

Ridgeway vs. White Station

It's so hard to believe this is an elimination game and one of these teams will not be heading to a spot in the ‘boro. A fantastic guard tangle highlights this contest with the present Joe Jackson (White Station) going against the future Cameron Golden (Ridgeway). The Roadrunners will need a big effort from Tarik Black (Ridgeway) as his presence could be the difference in this contest

 

64 to 4….Memphis Magic Illuminate Vegas

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Sin City!!!

Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, they say but why wouldn't you want to tell someone that you're in the final four of the adidas Super 64.

Success always seems to find the Memphis Magic in Vegas. Winners of last year's event the Magic dispatched of three bracket opponents advancing themselves to the final four with a Monday morning date with the Compton Magic.

The Magic dismantled the Franchize All-Stars 84-71 then collapsed the Indiana Elite 89-66 finishing up with a 73-63 win over New Heights.

Adonis Thomas (Melrose) has proven himself to be a national Top 10 player with every major coach in America following him from venue to venue.

Andre Hollins (White Station) continues his superb summer with his play in Vegas. Nino Johnson (White Station) is again drawing attention for his improving play around the bucket.

The Nashville Celtics 17 and under squad fought through some serious pool play opponents and righted the ship in bracket play with a 30 point win over the Michigan Mustangs followed by another win over the Arkansas Hawks.

The following bracket game was a hard fought loss to the Arizona Magic 75-68. Alex Poythress (Clarksville Northeast) was again the center of attention with his play. Anthony Hickey (Kentucky), Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) and Zavion Williams (West Creek) all had solid moments as the Celtics turned things around in the end.

The Nashville Celtics 16 and under squad started bracket play with a solid win over a very good Florida Rams squad before falling to the always powerful D.C. Assault.

David Howard (MBA) drew a lot of attention with his play and will be closely watched as his junior season approaches. John Ross Glover (USJ) was solid throughout  in Vegas with the guard play of Daijon Williams (Clarksville), Kielan Blanks (Spring Hill), Taylor Barnette (Kentucky) and Eric Robertson (Alabama) giving valuable minutes as the Celtics close out the summer campaign on a high.

Region Finals Set for Thursday

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Region finals tip tomorrow evening all around the state with the winners getting the all important home sub-state game and the runner-up still alive but forced to hit the road to stay alive.

 

Class A

 

Region 1A Final

Cloudland vs. Hampton

 

Region 2A Final

Harriman vs. Jellico

 

Region 3A Final

CSAS vs. Lookout Valley

 

Region 4A Final

Clay County vs. Friendship Christian

 

Region 5A Final

McEwen vs. Clarksville Academy

 

Region 6A Final

Summertown vs. Perry County

 

Region 7A Final

Humboldt vs. Lake County

 

Region 8A Final

Middleton vs. Westwood

 

Class AA

 

Region 1AA Final

Unicoi County vs. Greeneville

 

Region 2AA Final

Fulton vs. Stone Memorial

 

Region 3AA Final

Tyner Academy vs. Howard

 

Region 4AA Final

Cannon County vs. Livingston Academy

 

Region 5AA Final

Sycamore vs. East Literature

 

Region 6AA Final

Marshall County vs. Giles County

 

Region 7AA Final

Bolivar Central vs. Liberty Tech (Winner advances to state tournament)

 

Region 8AA Final

BTW vs. ??????? (Hillcrest declared ineligible by the TSSAA)

 

Class AAA

 

Region 1AAA Final

Science Hill vs. Morristown East

 

Region 2AAA Final

Knoxville West vs. Bearden

 

Region 3AAA Final

Cleveland vs. McMinn County (McMinn County Wins)

 

Region 4AAA Final

Siegel vs. Lawrence County

 

Region 5AAA Final

Clarksville vs. West Creek

 

Region 6AAA Final

Brentwood vs. Nashville Overton

 

Region 7AAA Final

Cordova vs. Craigmont

 

Region 8AAA Final

Melrose vs. White Station

Tennessee Tigers Fall in Title Game…..16 and Under Real Deal

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What a great weekend for the teams residing in the 16 and under pool that call Tennessee home.

The Tennessee Tigers head the list after playing inspired basketball and advancing to the championship game before falling by 2 to the powerful Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

Six of the seven participants advanced to the championship round finishing first or second in their respective pools.

The Tigers were in rare form over the weekend consistently making believers of their opponents with crisp execution and a dedication to teamwork that carried them into the title contest.

A big win over MemphisT23 started the proverbial bracket ball rolling and the Tigers followed this win up with victories over the Atlanta Knicks, the Atlanta Celtics, and the Gulf Coast Blue Chips before the Warriors defeat.

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) was truly unstoppable running the show and scoring when the need arose. His quickness and ability to penetrate any defense made it a fun tournament for the inside exploits of Kessler Bell (FRA), C.J. McEwen (Mt. Juliet) and Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy).

Ramsey showed his versatility not only scoring on the physically overmatched inside kids but using his outside stroke to gather more buckets.

Lewis kept everyone involved and received excellent support from his backcourt mates Kevin Peterson (Marshall County), Bryce Copeland (Bradley Central), Gunnar Miller (Davidson Academy) and Austin Howard (Giles County).

The Memphis YOMCA also put on quite a showing finishing in the final eight before falling to the Tennessee nemesis the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) was outstanding putting up numbers, blocking shots, snatching rebounds and using his length to disrupt. Demetrius Dyson (Brighton), Laron Black (White Station), Markell Crawford (Melrose) and John Wilfong (MUS) made major contributions throughout the whole weekend.

Nourse Fox (MUS) made significant strides from the lead guard spot, growing his game as his confidence level rose. He found ways to score as he became more comfortable with his teammates and continued to be the playmaker for a very talented group of players.

The Nashville Celtics advanced to the championship round only to fall to; yes you guessed it, the dreaded Warriors from the Wisconsin Playground. The Celtics played determined and well behind the exploits of Josh Williams (Mississippi). His stock nationally is currently on a sharp incline as he dominated his opponents all weekend. Joey Barnes (Ravenwood) was mentioned for his outstanding work in the post and on the defensive side of the ball. In the backcourt Philip Roper (Cookeville) and Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) played very well for the Celtics.

The Memphis Select joined the fun and brought their bunch to a second place pool finish and a date in the championship bracket. Greg Pryor (Ridgeway) was the main man averaging a consistent 13 points for the event. Nathan Turner (Memphis Catholic) and Jalen Thompson (White Station) also made significant contributions for the Select.

Team Nashville added to the party also finishing 2-1 in pool play and moving into the championship bracket before falling to the Louisiana Bayou Flames. Darius Thompson (Blackman) and Matt Pond (Centennial) were consistent and provided majority of the scoring for the squad. Connor Hayes (Homeschool) was sighted for his contributions and Class of 2014 riser Jericho Williams (McGavock) played inspired ball the entire weekend.

A newcomer to the fray, the Memphis T23 squad backed by former Craigmont and current Piston star Terrico White, had quite an inaugural showing finishing 2-1 in pool action and moving into the championship bracket.

They ran into the Tigers buzzsaw but not before some outstanding performances from Kennedy McKinney (Germantown), who busted for 30 in one of the pool games, Jessie Pierce (MHEA), who was scoring at a high rate before an injury stopped his progress, Peyton Husley (Germantown), Donovan Sprawls (Braircrest Christian) and Kedron Moore (Southwind).

Will Adams (Science Hill) caught my eye with his play in a big pool play victory. The Tennessee Chosen Few were relegated to the consolation bracket but showed steady improvement as the new pieces of their team are merging together.

Menes Bailey (Austin East) caught fire from the outside on several occasions and Daijon McGill (Austin East) impressed with his ball-handling and ability to take people off the bounce. In the aforementioned contest McGill led the scoring with 2o markers and Bailey added 14 but it was the play of Adams that squashed a big comeback and his ability to control the tempo ended any hope the opponent had to pull this game out.

 

Poythress Dominates at Siegel Playday

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Saturday at Siegel High School marked one of the many play-days that dotted the schedule around the state. I made my way to the ‘boro to check things out.

 

Here are some of the players who stood out in this event.

 

Easton Cline (Station Camp) 2012

Active senior guard showed a lot of poise scoring the ball against a tough defense in Siegel. Cline has deep shooting range and can put the ball on the floor and finish in traffic.

 

Charles Clark (Siegel) 2014

Huge improvement in his offensive skills lefty has a funny release but will knock down the corner three. He is longer than he was in the summer and is the catalyst for the Stars this season. Very active defender, plays with passion, his game is just around the corner. Stay tuned.

 

Jake Allsmiller (CPA) 2014

Big, big time shooter can launch with defender flying at him or a quick head fake and reset and splash. Has good length and is aggressive on defense. I like where he is headed.

 

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 2014

Dropped 24 in the game against Oak Ridge including several crowd pleasing slams and a bucket full of threes, he runs the floor like an antelope and if his feet are set he can knock down the outside shot. He still needs strength as many balls were knocked away while he soared to the hole.

 

Craig Bradshaw (CPA) 2012

Steady and powerful, Bradshaw showed leadership skills for this ultra youthful CPA group. He scores when he needs to and is a sneaky, help defender. His aggression is what brings the hype into the Lions motor.

 

Isaac Merion (Oak Ridge) 2014

Active lefty who knows how to score on the interior and has a quick step and good range on his shooting touch, Merion is athletic and skilled, if he gets to 6'6 or 6'7 look out. Merion was high scorer against CPA with 14 points and added 19 in the win over Northeast.

 

Shaquille Davis (Nashville Overton) 2013

Young man showed incredible hops and finished numerous plays with a thunderous slam, then stepped outside and knocked down a couple threes. He is a bit undersized for an inside kid and will need to improve his handles to become an everyday guard but his athleticism is for real.

 

Spencer Shoffner (Oak Ridge) 2012

After a sub par effort in the CPA game, Shoffner made his presence known in the win over Northeast finishing with a team high 20 points including a pair of threes.

 

Alex Poythress (Northeast) 2012

Despite a losing effort for Northeast, Poythress managed to do his best scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal plus he took a couple of charges. I guess all we can say is he was 6 of 11 from the foul line, so there is something to work on. He was tremendous and is on the verge of a huge senior season.

 

Others Who Played Well:

Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge)

Braxton Bonds (CPA)

DeQuan Bonds (Cane Ridge)

DeShawn McMurray (Mt. Juliet)

Robert Brandon (Siegel)

Brad McClung (Station Camp)

Adrian Scott (Cane Ridge)

Dominique Gooch (Siegel)

Brandon Sheppard (Mt. Juliet)